Graduate Division

Master of Advanced Study in Criminology, Law, and Society

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Our program is suited for working professionals seeking leadership positions within their organizations in a range of fields such as corrections, law enforcement, social services, probation/parole, as well as a variety of public administrative roles.

Curriculum provides a strong foundation in theory coupled with broad practical applications, providing an interdisciplinary approach consistent with the mission of our School of Social Ecology. 

The program consists of 52 units of course work which is completed sequentially in two years (6 quarters). In lieu of a thesis, students are required to take the course "Social Problems, Law and Policy" in the winter quarter of the second year of study, which also serves as a capstone, or summary, course in which a research paper is completed. A degree is granted upon completion of 13 courses. 

Though majority of the program is online, an in residence course on the UCI campus is offered at the beginning of their course of study — "Introduction to Criminology, Law and Society."

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Ranked #3 in nation among criminology and criminal justice online master programs by U.S. News and World Report
  • First online degree program established by the University of California, launched in 2003.
  • Online learning brings the classroom to the student, who seeks to learn on their schedule while being able to study with the same UCI faculty who teach on campus.
  • World-class faculty include former presidents of the American Society of Criminology; former presidents of the Law and Society Association, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the American Psychology-Law Society and fellows of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
  • Dept. of Criminology, Law and Society hosts the National Registry of Exonerations, which collects, analyzes and disseminates information about all known exonerations of innocent criminal defendants in the United States, in order to prevent future false convictions by learning from past errors.
  • Student access to campus resources, guided by supportive staff and faculty who are invested in student success.
  • Students graduating from our program are positioned for career advancement as well as further academic endeavors.
  • Graduates have careers in a variety of agencies including the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, district attorney’s offices, police departments, crime units, probation agencies, parole agencies.

Quick Facts

Program Type

Professional Master's Program

Normative Time to Degree

2 years

Capstone Type

Capstone Course

Mode of Delivery

This is an online program with an optional one-week in-residence introductory course.

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must provide the following:

1) Unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended to be uploaded on your online application. Admission standards to UC Irvine require a minimum 3.0 GPA, but some special considerations may apply.

2) Three confidential letters of recommendation from three people who can evaluate your academic and professional achievement, describe your strengths and weaknesses, and comment on your character, integrity and motivation. Letters which speak to your ability to perform in a post graduate academic program are especially useful. These letters should be from professors, supervisors, or others (no family) who can attest to your work ethic, analytical thinking, communication skills, leadership potential, motivation, and commitment.

3) Two formal statements demonstrating your writing ability and clarity of thought which includes a personal history describing your previous professional and academic achievements, and a formal statement of purpose, detailing current goals, and specifically how and why the MAS program will help you achieve them. In your statement of purpose you must also describe a potential capstone paper topic (required in the second year of study), including what you intend to study, why the subject is of interest to you, and how the topic relates to the MAS curriculum more generally. Your statement will be formally evaluated and is a significant part of your application. The Personal History** and Statement of Purpose writing samples are submitted electronically as part of your online application. The Personal History should be 600 words or less and the Statement of Purpose should be 800 words or less.

The GRE is NOT required for MAS applicants, however, the above writing samples are REQUIREDPlease be sure to follow the prompt outlined above. This is more specific than the prompt outlined within the standard graduate application.

**Please note: If you are an International Student, you will need to include your Personal History as part of your Statement of Purpose since it is not a separate required category.

The committee members will carefully consider each element of your application in balance, as they are seeking well-rounded candidates with a proven history of academic and/or professional success. Your personal statement is a critical element of the application instructions — an opportunity to describe your academic history and your career path. The committee is especially interested in the demonstration of your ability to think analytically and act strategically. Your letters of recommendation are another important part of the process and you should choose recommenders who can write clear statements about your character, achievements, and abilities.

Once you have completed your online application and provided all materials listed above, the Admissions Committee will begin reviewing your packet. You are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure your space in the program while your materials undergo review.

Financial Support

Because this program is a fully accredited graduate degree, all enrolled students are eligible to apply for federal student loans. The first step in obtaining a loan is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (federal school code 001314). The FAFSA takes one to four weeks to process and you will then be sent a Student Aid Report (SAR). Once your application has been reviewed you will receive notification from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships regarding any additional information that may be needed. You can check the status of your application here. Once your aid application is complete you will be notified of your loan eligibility and provided with the necessary loan documents.

Please check the UCI Financial Aid office website for FAFSA and financial aid deadlines.

To review scholarships available, please browse the UCI Financial Aid web site. We also encourage you to check with your employer for tuition reimbursement programs and with your union for tuition assistance or scholarships.

Federal Direct Student Loans

Federal Direct Student Loans are available to M.A.S. students (specific details on eligibility criteria available here). Loans are available up to the cost of attendance for the M.A.S. program. Students who demonstrate financial need may be eligible for up to $8,500 in subsidized loan proceeds with any remaining eligibility provided in unsubsidized loans. The Federal Direct Student Loan program has two types of loans available:

  • Subsidized loans
    • Interest accrues on a borrower's loan while the borrower is in school, grace, or authorized periods of deferment, and is paid by the government.
  • Unsubsidized loans
    • The borrower is fully responsible for paying the interest that accrues on the loan. Interest on an unsubsidized loan accrues from the date of disbursement and continues throughout the life of the loan.

Student Scholarships

Your financial aid eligibility is determined by your cost of attendance and the expected student contribution. See the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website for further information on how financial aid eligibility is determined and the current cost of attendance for the M.A.S. program.

Please note that the MAS program is a self-supporting graduate degree program; thus, certain fee waivers traditionally accepted by the University of California may not be accepted.  For instance, STUDENTS ENROLLING IN THIS PROGRAM CANNOT USE CAL VET TUITION/FEE EXEMPTIONS; THIS PROGAM IS NOT SUPPORTED WITH STATE FUNDS AND IS NOT SUBJECT TO THE STATE LAW REGARDING CAL VET TUITION/FEE EXEMPTIONS. Please contact the Graduate Recruiter at 949-824-1874 for further information.

Tuition & Fees

 MAS CLS 2019-20 Fees
Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020 Annual
Program Fee * 4,798.00 4,798.00 4,798.00 14,394.00
Student Services Fee 25.00 25.00 25.00 75.00
Total Fees Paid $ 4,823.00 $ 4,823.00 $ 4,823.00 $ 14,469.00


Posted 12 June 2019:

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by State funding reductions. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

* MAS-CLS students pay an annual fee regardless of the year their cohort entered; students enrolled in on-line programs do not pay campus-based fees and do not have access to the facilities and services supported by the campus-based fees. Student Services Access fee not included in program fee.

Core Faculty

Victoria Basolo
Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(949) 824-3521 
206D Social Ecology I
Hillary Berk
Assistant Professor of Teaching in Criminology, Law and Society
Ph.D. University of California Berkeley; J.D. Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College 
2363 Social Ecology II

Terry Dalton
Lecturer with Security of Employment in Criminology, Law and Society
Ph.D., J.D. University of Denver 
3381 Social Ecology II
Sora Han
Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society
Ph.D. UC Santa Cruz, J.D. UCLA
(949) 824-0050 
2319 Social Ecology II
C. Ron Huff
Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law and Society
Ph.D. The Ohio State University 
2375 Social Ecology II

Valerie Jenness
Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, Sociology, and Nursing Science
Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara
3305 Social Ecology II

Paul Jesilow  
Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law and Society
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine 
2375 Social Ecology II

Mona Lynch
Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Law
Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz
(949) 824-0047 
2389 Social Ecology II

Richard D. McCleary
Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Environmental Health, Science, and Policy
Ph.D., Northwestern University
(949) 824-7280 
260 Social Ecology I
Emily Owens
Professor of Criminology, Law & Society and Economics
UCI School of Social Ecology
(949) 824-7929 
2311 Social Ecology II

Henry Pontell
Recall-Faculty and Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law and Society
Ph.D. Stony Brook University 
Social Ecology II
Nancy Rodriguez
Professor of Criminology, Law & Society
Ph.D., Washington State University
3375 Social Ecology II

Bryan Sykes
Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology Law and Society
Ph.D., UC Berkeley 
3317 Social Ecology II